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Amendment and invalidation of declarations

Entry declarations and temporary storage declarations submitted to Customs can, as a rule, be amended using amending declarations.

What declarations can be amended?

You can amend the following declarations submitted via the arrival and exit declaration service (AREX) or via message exchange:

  • Entry summary declaration (IE315)
  • Arrival notification and presentation (IE347)
  • Exit summary declaration (FI615)
  • Exit manifest presentation (IE547).

You can amend the following declarations submitted via the Customs Clearance Service or via message exchange:

  • Temporary storage declaration and presentation notification (FI335)
  • Temporary storage declaration (FI337)
  • Presentation notification (FI332)
  • Temporary storage declaration after movement (FI377).

How to amend declarations

Message declarants amend declarations by submitting amendment requests. An amendment request shall contain a reference to the transaction ID or MRN of the original declaration assigned by Customs and the transport document.

A declaration lodged via the online service can be amended in the online service.

The declarant’s and representative’s details can’t be amended. If these details change, invalidation of the declaration must be requested and a new declaration must be lodged using the correct details.

Please note that the declarant must keep and archive the documents or the electronic data verifying the change.

Points to consider

A transport company or their representative can send an amending declaration of an entry summary declaration until the arrival of the goods has been notified either with a separate arrival notification (IE3470) or an arrival notification and presentation (IE347).

After presentation, any amendments shall be made with an unloading report for temporary storage. Amendment can also be requested separately from the Customs Electronic Service Centre.

When the goods have been placed under the customs procedure using the correct details of the goods, there is no need to request an amendment of the entry summary declaration.

In the case of arriving overshipped goods that haven’t been previously declared, the declaration must be amended before presentation or a new declaration must be lodged after presentation. 

An amendment or a new declaration is not required if the detail to be changed is insignificant:

  • the goods description is further specified, but in such a way that the goods description would not affect the applicable 4-digit commodity code, had the code been used
  • the quantity changes, but the change is not significant.

An entry summary declaration can’t be amended after a diversion request (IE323) has been submitted to Customs. Any amendment of the details must be discussed with the actual customs office of entry.

Amendment prior to the presentation of goods

In exceptional cases, the Customs Electronic Service Centre can give permission to lodge a new entry summary declaration. In that case, the original declaration must be invalidated.

All parties must be notified of the MRN and goods item numbers of the new entry summary declaration. The new MRN and goods item numbers must be used in the customs declarations.

Amendment after the presentation of goods

After the presentation of goods, amendments shall only be made concerning goods that have been unloaded at the place of entry in temporary storage. Details of the goods that remain on the means of transport are not amended to Finnish Customs.

Amending the details of goods that have been unloaded into a temporary storage facility

If the transport company that lodged the declaration notices an error or shortcoming in the declaration when the goods were unloaded into a temporary storage facility, the transport company should notify both the Electronic Service Centre and the temporary storage operator of the changes.

Send the message to the Electronic Service Centre by email, spake.varastointi(at)tulli. The message should have a clear subject line, e.g. “Amendment of AREX declaration data”. In the message, provide the detail that changed as well as the MRN and goods item number of the entry summary declaration.

As verification, you must have one of the following:

  • In sea traffic, the amendment can be verified e.g. with a manifest or manifest correction. An amended cargo data notification in Portnet or in the customer’s system is also sufficient verification. An amended manifest or other verification need not be attached to the email.
  • In air traffic, the temporary storage records can be provided as verification of the amendment.

The temporary storage operator enters the amended details into the temporary storage records.

If the temporary storage operator has not yet submitted an unloading report, the parties may agree that the temporary storage operator is to notify Customs of the amendments using an unloading report (IE044). In that case, the transport company need not notify the Customs Electronic Service Centre separately of the amended details.

If the storage operator notices an error or shortcoming when the goods were unloaded into a temporary storage facility, they shall provide the discrepant details using an unloading report for temporary storage (IE044).

If completely undeclared goods (e.g. an undeclared container or consignment) are detected in the temporary storage facility, the temporary storage operator shall notify the Electronic Service Centre of this by email: spake.varastointi(at)tulli.fi.

The transport company or its representative is responsible for submitting new electronic declarations (IE315, IE3470 and IE347) regarding the overshipped goods. The temporary storage operator is responsible for submitting the unloading report that concerns the new declaration.

If the temporary storage operator notices a discrepancy after the unloading report has been submitted, the operator should notify the Electronic Service Centre of the discrepancy by email: spake.varastointi(at)tulli.fi

Amending details when the goods have been presented immediately for customs clearance

Customs need not be notified of amendments to the details of the entry summary declaration if the customs clearance has been done with correct details.

In other cases, the transport company notifies Customs of the amended details by email to spake.varastointi(at)tulli.fi. The message should have a clear subject line, e.g. “Amendment of an AREX summary declaration”. In the message, provide the amended detail as well as the MRN and goods item number of the entry summary declaration. The transport company must keep the verifications concerning the amendment.


The amending declaration must be lodged within 48 hours of the acceptance of the original declaration. However, if Customs has notified you of goods control, you can’t amend the details of the goods item Customs has selected for control.

If the error that needs to be amended can’t be amended using an electronic declaration, submit the amended details to the Electronic Service Centre by email: spake.varastointi(at)tulli.fi. The Electronic Service Centre will make the required amendments to the declaration.

The details must always be amended in the following cases:

  • Amend the details if the details of the temporary storage facility are incorrect. Otherwise the storage operator can’t submit an unloading report.
  • Amend the details if it has been declared that the goods are to be customs cleared immediately, but the goods are not immediately placed under a customs procedure. Instead, the goods are moved to a temporary storage facility.

Temporary storage declarations can be amended prior to presentation, after presentation as well as after customs clearance of the goods. The transport company, the temporary storage operator or the operator’s representative can submit the amendment request when the declaration has been registered and it has been assigned an MRN. 

Declarations lodged via message exchange shall be amended by submitting an amendment request relating to the original declaration. Declarations lodged via the Customs Clearance Service shall be amended by submitting an amendment request for the declaration to be amended. 

In the case of arriving overshipped goods that haven’t been previously declared, amendment of the temporary storage declaration prior to presentation or a new declaration after presentation is required. 

Amending the details of goods that have been unloaded into a temporary storage facility

If the transport company that lodged the declaration notices an error or shortcoming in the declaration when the goods were unloaded into a temporary storage facility, the transport company must amend the incorrect declaration with an amendment request either via the Customs Clearance Service or via message exchange. 

As verification, you must have one of the following:

  • In sea traffic, the amendment can be verified e.g. with a manifest or manifest correction. An amended cargo data notification in Portnet or in the customer’s system is also sufficient verification. An amended manifest or other verification need not be attached to the email.
  • In air traffic, the temporary storage records can be provided as verification of the amendment.

The temporary storage operator enters the amended details into the temporary storage records.

If the storage operator notices an error or shortcoming when the goods were unloaded into a temporary storage facility, they shall provide the discrepant details using an unloading report for temporary storage (FI364).

If completely undeclared goods (e.g. an undeclared container or consignment) are detected in the temporary storage facility, a new temporary storage declaration and a presentation notification or a combined temporary storage declaration and presentation notification must be submitted for the goods. 


The following entry and exit declarations can’t be amended:

  • diversion request (IE323)
  • exit notification (IE590)
  • arrival notification (IE3470)
  • arrival notification for temporary storage (IE007)
  • unloading report for temporary storage (IE044).

If you need to amend these declarations or notifications, contact the Electronic Service Centre by email: spake.varastointi(at)tulli.fi.


You can’t amend the following declarations or notifications submitted via the Customs Clearance Service or via message exchange:

  • unloading report for temporary storage (FI364) 
  • notification of the intended movement (FI376)
  • notification of finalization of the movement (FI379).

If you need to amend these declarations or notifications, submit a new declaration/notification.


The trader responsible for lodging a declaration can request invalidation of the following declarations, if none of the goods items covered by the declaration have been presented as arrived or exited or if more than one declaration has been submitted for the same goods:

  • entry summary declaration (IE315) or entry summary declaration amendment (IE313)
  • exit summary declaration (IE615) or exit summary declaration amendment (IE613).

Invalidation requests are processed by the Electronic Service Centre.

Submit the invalidation request using the form 711e. You can also make a free-form invalidation request and send it by email to varastointi.spake(at)tulli.fi. Provide the following details in the free-form invalidation request:

  • MRN and/or transaction ID
  • declarant’s name, Business ID and extension as well as contact information
  • reason for invalidation.

If the goods covered by the declaration haven’t been presented to Customs or if the goods have not been declared as arrived when using the arrival notification IE3470, Customs will invalidate the old entry summary declarations (200 days after the acceptance of the declaration) and exit summary declarations (150 days after the acceptance of the declaration). Declarations are not invalidated automatically. Instead, Customs asks the declarant to provide an explanation.

Other entry and exit declarations, such as exit manifest presentation (IE547) and exit notification (IE590), can’t be invalidated.


The declarant or their representative can request invalidation of the following declarations, if none of the goods items covered by the declaration have been presented as arrived or if more than one declaration has been submitted for the same goods or if the goods didn’t arrive at all:

  • temporary storage declaration (FI337) and the amendment request related to it (FI338)
  • temporary storage declaration and presentation notification (FI335) and the amendment request related to it (FI336)
  • temporary storage declaration after movement (FI377) and the amendment request related to it (FI378).

Invalidation of a temporary storage declaration must also be requested if the goods presented for temporary storage declaration didn’t arrive at all. This is because the quantity of unloaded goods can’t be zero (0) in the unloading report.

Customs will automatically invalidate the declarations where the goods items have not been presented within the 30-day time limit. 


The declaration must be amended before the arrival of the goods, if the declarations details change

If the details of the means of transport or of the goods change, the details must be amended before the goods are presented at the border customs office.

Identified online declarants and message declarants may amend entry summary declarations they have already submitted until the goods have been presented to Customs.

Unidentified online declarants can’t amend the details provided in the declaration. Instead they must request invalidation of the declaration submitted with incorrect details and submit a new declaration.

Errors detected in the declaration when the goods are presented at the border

If the declared goods don’t match the submitted declaration and can’t be connected to the arriving transport, the customer must submit a new entry summary declaration.

Errors not amended by Customs:

  • The declaration reference (LRN), a unique reference number provided by the customer
  • Estimated date and time of arrival.

The customer or Customs may amend all other declaration details except the following:

  • declarant
  • representative.

If these details change, the customer must submit a new entry summary declaration with correct trader details.

The customer can’t amend an entry summary declaration if the declaration is still being processed by Customs or if Customs has ordered a control to be carried out the customer has been notified of it.